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today at five, drama in downing street as sajid javid resigns as chancellor. he goes after a power struggle with number ten and rejecting a demand to fire his team of advisers. he'd only been in thejob for seven months, which makes him the shortest—serving chancellor in half a century. he's replaced by rishi sunak, who's risen rapidly though the ranks and only recently was junior housing minister. how do you feel about taking over in these circumstances? delighted to be appointed, lots to get on with, thanks very much. are you going to be the prime minister's puppet? others out of the cabinet are theresa villiers, andrea leadsom, esther mcveigh, and the northern ireland secretary julian smith, who oversaw the restoration of devolved government at stormont. we'll be analysing the reshuffle
with baroness fall, who was one of david cameron's top aides in downing street. the other main stories on bbc news at 5. world health leaders say there's no new cause for alarm, despite a steep rise in the number of deaths from coronavirus in china — yesterday was the deadliest day of the outbreak so far. more than 80 people quarantined on the wirral are allowed to leave, following 1a days in isolation after flying back from wuhan in china, the centre of the coronavirus outbreak. ministers announce an independent inquiry into maternity services at an nhs trust in east kent after the deaths of a number of babies there. commemorations to mark 75 years since the destruction of dresden in world war ii — one of the most controversial bombing campaigns in military history.
good evening. our top story on bbc news at 5 is a dramatic day at westminster, where sajid javid has resigned as chancellor, as the prime minister reshapes his government. mrjavid walked out after borisjohnson told him to sack his team of advisers. it comes amid reports of a briefing war between number 10 and 11 — and a power struggle between mrjavid and mrjohnson‘s chief adviser, dominic cummings. sajid javid becomes the shortest—serving chancellor for more than half a century. mrjavid has been speaking to our political correspondent chris mason. it's political correspondent chris mason. venice huge i was it's venice huge honour and while i was very pleased, i was on unable to
accept his condition. i felt it was never an option. my successor has my full support and the prime minister continues to have my full support as of the government. was that because of the government. was that because of the government. was that because of the influence of dominic cummings? the conditions that were attached where a requirement that i replaced all my advisers. these are people over worked incredibly hard on behalf of notjust the government but the whole country. i was unable to a cce pt but the whole country. i was unable to accept those conditions. i don't believe any self—respecting minister would accept such conditions and so therefore, i felt the would accept such conditions and so therefore, ifelt the best would accept such conditions and so therefore, i felt the best thing to do was to go. were those conditions imposed by mrjohnson? do was to go. were those conditions imposed by mrjohnson? that was of course they of prime minister's prerogative. my successor has my full support as does the prime minister and i will continue to support this government in every way ican. support this government in every way i can. thank you.
it means that sajid javid becomes the first to serve as chancellor not to deliver a budget at all. elsewhere, alok sharma is the new business secretary. he will also oversee the international climate change conference being held in glasgow in november. he replaces andrea leadsom who was sacked after serving in the government for six years. after seven yea rs as a junior minister, george eustice is promoted to environment secretary. he replaced theresa villiers who leaves the cabinet for a second time. there's also a promotion for former brexit minister, suella braaverman, who is the new attorney general. she replaces geoffrey cox, who said he was leaving government at the prime minister's request. anne—marie trevelyan will also attend cabinet after being given the brief for international development. oliver dowden is the new culture secretary.
in the last hour, brandon lewis has been confirmed as the new northern ireland secretary. he replaces julian smith, who was the first ministerial casualty of the day, when he was removed from his post this morning. and former brexit secretary steve barclay has been appointed as chief secretary to the treasury, succeeding the newly—appointed chancellor mr sunak. our political correspondent chris mason has this report on the morning's events and a warning, it does contain some flash photography. at 10:30 this morning, sajid javid arrived in downing street as chancellor. an hour and a half later, he'd resigned. good afternoon. mrjavid turned down starying on in the second—biggest role in government because he refused to see his whole team of advisers sacked as a condition of keeping hisjob. here's the man taking over the top job at the treasury, rishi sunak. long seen as a rising star,
he had been mrjavid's deputy. how do you feel about taking over in these circumstances? delighted to be appointed. lots to get on with. thanks very much. are you going to be the prime minister's puppet? reshuffles, even for governments with a big majority, can and so often do come with big twists. they are a complicated jigsaw puzzle and if one piece doesn't fit for whatever reason, the whole thing can get messy, not least because you always end up with people who are a bit miffed. a cabinet minister leaves home and... are you confident about your post? have you heard from the prime minister already? she soon did, and she was sacked as business secretary. cue some warm words on social media and a trundle to the backbenches. this wasjulian smith as northern ireland secretary last month. this morning, the irish prime minister said he was one of britain's finest politicians of our time, after the british prime ministerfired him. and it sounded like he had
an inkling his time was up when he set off for work. my position is up to the prime minister, it's his call. do you think it might risk damaging the power—sharing progress that's been made with stormont? i think the prime minister has to choose who's in the cabinet and who serves. i enjoy serving the people of northern ireland. we've done a lot of really good stuff, there's a lot more to do, but it's up to the prime minister and that is the responsibility he has to choose the cabinet that he wants, and it's great serving in it, but it's always the prime minister of the day's call. he'll have company on the backbenches — environment secretary theresa villiers has been sacked, too, and departed with an almost biblical reflection — "what the prime minister giveth, the prime minister taketh away," she said. and the housing minister, esther mcvey, is a goner, too, commenting that she had been "relieved of her duties". sticking around, though, the foreign secretary, dominic raab, as is the home secretary, priti patel, and michael gove as cabinet office minister.
and there's a big new cabinetjob for this man, alok sharma, who will be business secretary and run a crucial summit on climate change the uk is hosting in november. this reshuffle is still a work in progress. stay tuned. so 39—year—old rishi sunak, who was formerly sajid javid's deputy at the treasury, has been appointed to the role of chancellor. but who is he? the son of a gp and a pharmacist, rishi sunak was educated at winchester college, an independent boarding school. he went on to read philosophy, politics and economics at oxford university, and he also studied for an mba at stanford university in california. before entering the world of politics, rishi sunak worked for investment bank goldman sachs. he also co—founded a large investment firm working with global companies. mr sunak was first elected as the member of parliament for richmond in north yorkshire in 2015,
succeeding william hague in the safe tory seat. he campaigned for leave in the eu referendum. rishi sunak is married to akshata murthy who is the daughter of indian billionaire narayana murthy. the couple have two daughters together. the chancellor has previously referred to himself as a ‘first generation immigrant‘. he is a british citizen of indian heritage. 0ur chief political correspondent vicki young is in downing street. i suspect the morning papers aren't gonna be talking so much about rishi sunak. it's about sajid javid and what he's been saying about, he was left with no option other to resign and that he doesn't believe any self—respecting minister would accept the conditions he was being asked to accept. i think that's the point. he was presented with an
offer, but you could say he had to refuse. whether downing street knew that or not is another matter. is this what they wanted all along? difficult to say but there's no doubt the trouble has been brewing for a while. it wasn'tjust about personalities, yes there were briefings going back and forth and praying in the newspaper. some from those in number ten, there was clearly a problem with relations between the two of them but obviously, this restructuring, this idea that you're gonna have a central of advisers so that they can work more closely together, that isn't just about the characters in the personalities. it's about power and where power resides when it comes to things like writing budgets, who is ultimately going to be in charge of that. there have been tensions between ministers and chancellors for a long time. we've seen chancellors for a long time. we've seen it numerous times in the last few decades. but this was of a different level i think. in the end, sajid javid realised he couldn't
carry on under those circumstances so we now carry on under those circumstances so we now have the rise of rishi sunak who is taking over as chancellor just four weeks before sunak who is taking over as chancellorjust four weeks before a budget. sajid javid and boris budget. sajid javid and boris johnson seem to get on pretty well. their chemistry is pretty good. is this more about a personality clash between him and dominic cummings? yeah, dominic cummings has made it very clear what he feels about changes that need to be made to the civil service and it's very obvious, he wants to control the message coming out on the government. centralising that in terms of the most powerful part of government, i suppose isn't a huge surprise. somewhat say maybe it's a good thing. 0n the other hand, boris johnson is the prime minister. he knows absolutely what is going on here. he would have sanctioned him. it could be a case of dominic
cummings taking the flak. some people don't like how they went about. it means may be borisjohnson could rise above it. i don't think we should in any way think he wasn't com pletely we should in any way think he wasn't completely supportive of what is going on. i think they can be pretty ruthless if they want. the big thing is about the functioning of government. will this change ultimately make it work better or actually will it mean there's more acrimony and bad will swelling around whitehall and around the government? many thanks. with me is baroness fall. kate fall was deputy chief of staff to david cameron when he was prime minister. you know the workings of number ten and number11 you know the workings of number ten and number 11 very well indeed. this was supposed to be a conventional reshuffle. it ended up with drama, didn't it? i don't think this would
have been planned by anyone. reshuffle days are all about fresh face of government, strong government and now the central story is an unexpected —— unexpected resignation. it looks it looks like sajid javid was pushed into this. he was never going to accept those conditions. into this. he was never going to accept those conditionslj into this. he was never going to accept those conditions. i find it strange this wasn't ironed out in a couple of days before and the choices made then because it has blown up the day that should be about the fresh face of the cabinet. i don't think they absolutely need that. there is a possibility that the fact that they didn't promote rishi sunak and people thought he would be promoted just in case something went wrong, it speaks to maybe they thought something like this might happen. it's been said this might happen. it's been said this is a classic dominic cummings ambush and that dominic cummings fingerprints are all over this. is that how you would read it?|j
fingerprints are all over this. is that how you would read it? i mean cummings works for borisjohnson. he's the prime minister. he calls the shots. there are concerned to make sure number ten and 11 are aligned and under my time, david cameron was totally aligned. so that is an important thing to have. there been lots of times in political history from where the prime minister and chancellor have not gotten along. in a way, is this the first real attempt to demolish those barriers between number ten and 11? politically aligned. 0f barriers between number ten and 11? politically aligned. of course you wa nt politically aligned. of course you want checks and balances. you don't wa nt want checks and balances. you don't want everyone sitting in a room agreeing with each other and not suggesting different ways. don't forget, number ten is it a a
department of state. it's a small house with it the prime minister at the centre. they rely on leverage is a power from the the centre. they rely on leverage is a powerfrom the big departments. they hold the money, so you can't really do things properly in government unless you're chancellors going to help you do that. and that's important if borisjohnson is trying to do big infrastructure projects like hs2. we know that sajid javid came on board with that and that was one of the reasons it went ahead, but other big projects and some of the big manifesto promises that were made at the election, paying for those. we didn't see sajid javid in post for very long so we don't know what chance he would've had in the budget, so we now have four weeks of the budget, even less time before the budget, even less time before the school cut has to be settled. i think he has a very busy for weeks i had a. he said he will be loyal, but he's also said, quite pointedly, he
doesn't believe any self—respecting minister would have accepted these conditions by attacking his advisers. could he have become quite advisers. could he have become quite a dangerous figure on the backbenchers for boris johnson a dangerous figure on the backbenchers for borisjohnson in the way that maybe jeffrey backbenchers for borisjohnson in the way that maybejeffrey howell? boris still has a huge majority at the moment. labour is still fighting over who their next leader will be. as we know, politics shift quite quickly so we don't know what is going to be in a month's quickly so we don't know what is going to be in a months time. doesn't look like strong government borisjohnson or does doesn't look like strong government boris johnson or does it look like slightly incompetent government? it's difficult to get this right but when someone resigns right in the middle of it, that's not a reshuffle. what would you say about the rest of the reshuffle that people are talking aboutjulian smith, why has he been pushed out of northern ireland ? smith, why has he been pushed out of northern ireland? i don't know the details of that. to me there were
some really good appointments there. it wasn't the massive reshuffle we we re it wasn't the massive reshuffle we were possibly promised. buy overall, you would sayjohnson has this right? i think the reshuffle itself is an exercise, possibly he might doa itself is an exercise, possibly he might do a bit better next time. good to talk to you. thank you very much indeed. former deputy of staff under david cameron. the headlines on bbc news... the chancellor sajid javid has resigned, in a shock move during the prime minister's government reshuffle. the former chancellor has said he was left "with no other option than to resign" after he was required to replace all of his political advisers. 0ut too are theresa villiers, andrea leadsom, esther mcvey, and the northern ireland secretary
julian smith, who oversaw the restoration of devolved government at stormont. his coach says he shouldn't be given a life sentence for making homophobic remarks. england's jamie says he's staying despite the relegation for the championship. i will have the full round up at 530. china has announced a sharp increase in the number of people killed by the coronavirus. beijing said more than 240 deaths were recorded in hubei province yesterday, the worst day yet. there was also a big jump in the number of infections, up nearly 15—thousand, after authorities introduced a new method of diagnosis. beijing has sacked two of the most senior communist party officials in hubei. 0ur china correspondent, stephen mcdonell,
reports from beijing. thousands of medics from the people's liberation army are pouring into wuhan, where the outbreak started and where exhausted local doctors and nurses are struggling to handle the crisis. in hubei province alone over the past 2a hours, an increase of nearly 15,000 extra virus cases initially caused alarm. but officials said this was due to a new way of measuring who is definitely infected. translation: now in hubei province, to confirm a case, we are adding patients' contact history to the diagnosis, like they do in other parts of the country. symptoms and signs, along with a scan and medical history, is used to form the diagnosis. in the early stages of this emergency, crucial information about the virus was withheld, causing outrage on social media. now the two top leaders in hubei province have been dismissed. beijing is struggling
with the perception that this failed response was due to a climate of fear inside xi jinping's communist party. yet a slow start has become an overwhelming response. it's true that we have seen many good things that is slowing the outbreak. this is a very serious virus and china is doing many good things that's slowing the virus and the facts speak for themselves. globalfear of this crisis continues. in cambodia, a cruise ship has finally been allowed to dock after being turned away from five ports and nobody tested positive. injapan, the number of infected on board the quarantined diamond princess has risen again, by 44, putting the total number over 200. it is a nightmare. ijust want to wake up from it and go home. but, obviously, i've got to face facts and i have to do as i'm told.
but then i don't want to go home and risk my family and my friends if we're not sure that we're clear. the world health organization has warned that if this virus is unleashed in a country less able to handle it, the results could be catastrophic. in north korea, there have been no official cases yet, but already the international red cross is calling for an easing of sanctions to allow the isolated nation to prepare for any outbreak. steven mcdonnell, bbc news, beijing. let's have a more detailed look at what's changed in testing and why there has been an apparent spike in numbers of confirmed cases. it's because the chinese province of hubei is now counting the cases of coronavirus confirmed by observed symptoms and ct scans, rather than only waiting for confirmation through laboratory tests.
nucleic acid testing kits are used to gather samples for the lab testsby taking a nose or throat swab, and the virus is identified by its specific genetic sequence. but the kits are in short supply, and getting results is limited by the capacity of the laboratory's to process samples. the tests are seen as unreliable too, because they can give false negatives in the early stages of the virus, which means infected people have been turned away from hospitals. by using the clinical diagnosis method too, doctors look at a ct scan of the patients lungs to see of the patient‘s lungs to see if they may have the virus. this is a more convenient and accessible way of testing for hospital doctors, and it is possible to detect the virus in its early stages. but while it does allow for earlier treatment, it can give a false positive — that is, it could be detecting a disease with similar symptoms. our health correspondent, catherine burns, is with me. a ninth case confirmed
in the uk, what more can you tell us about that? we know it's a woman who flew in from china to london a few days ago. she started to feel ill. what she did then was get an uber and take her to her hospital. this is not what you should do. when they got here, she was given a mask immediately and put into isolation. —— got there. the driver has been contacted, he's apparently fine because the journey was less than 15 minutes but a couple of staff at the hospital are now in self isolation. and the chief medical officer has been talking today about a four pronged strategy. what's that? we are in the stage of containment which is what they're doing. they're trying to get cases in a identify them as soon as possible. alongside thatis them as soon as possible. alongside that is delay because they really, if we're going to have an epidemic
we don't want it to happen in the winter when the nhs is under so much pressure. if we can buy or sell some time, hopefully that he could have an effect of slowing down the virus. obviously, we've got scientists trying to find either a vaccine or a treatment, but really it comes down to mitigating the effects and getting the nhs braced. just to give you a bit of context, we hear so much about this. right now in the uk, more than 2500 people have been tested for coronavirus. nine have been positive and we know one of them has fully recovered. let's speak now to sian griffiths. she's an emeritus professor at the chinese university of hong kong, and chaired the hong kong's government inquiry into the sars outbreak. thank you for being with us. what do you make of the way the chinese authorities have handled this whole crisis? i think that it's a double
side because initially, we thought we we re side because initially, we thought we were getting all the information from wuhan but it shows that we now know we were getting an earlier. once the central authorities understood the size and problem across the illness they were dealing with, they did make available immediately, they do what the virus was which enabled the work that's been going on over the vaccine and understanding the mutations of the virus. i think now we are getting much better information, but obviously wuhan is under a lot of stress. the change in the case definition signifies that there may be many more cases which we had suspected anyway. people have been talking about these undiagnosed cases. some may be more serious and that's why be seen this increased number today. it may not be an
absolute number, it's a change in the case definition. the change in the case definition. the change in the definition hold onto a change in the definition hold onto a change in the numbers of deaths because you apply different definition when you confirm the deaths so this is a partly statistical but partly a realisation that this is a very serious situation. it's a new disease, we don't know how it's going to unfold, so far it's been contained mainly in wuhan. there's a scattering of cases in a variety of countries and so far, it's only under ten cases recognised in the uk. at the moment, this containment phase appears to be holding the number of cases that are spreading out of china, but we don't know what's going to happen which is why we have to continue to watch carefully, share information. there
much better at sharing information and they were with sars. the who that over the last couple days to look for the research and assess where we were with the information, not just about the virus, but about what was the treatment and how to react to the news as it comes out. and the chinese authorities have been indicating they think the epidemic will end by april. is that realistic in your view or that wishful thinking? realistic in your view or that wishfulthinking? one of realistic in your view or that wishful thinking? one of the people who's been saying this is professor chung who was part of the sars inquiry. he would have taken along with his colleagues all the information not available, look at the trends and looked at what's
happening across china and also taken into happening across china and also ta ken into account happening across china and also taken into account the change in the weather, for example. and he's predicting that it will —— cases are starting to stabilise and the epidemic will be on the downturn. sars started in february, and by may they tailed right off. with the coronavirus, i think we use the knowledge we have of previous episodes of the disease and we hope that the message of containment —— methods of containment, the contact tracing, the quarantine, all those measures will come into play. that also doesn't lead us as individuals off the hook. we need to continue to listen to those messages about handwashing, about hygiene, using tissues, and we need to take me seriously because all of that will contribute to containment of the
disease. thank you very much indeed. emeritus professor at the chinese university of hong kong. labour is calling on the prime minister to clarify who paid for his holiday accommodation on a caribbean island over the new year. our political correspondent, jessica parker, is in westminster, and there've been developments on this in the last hour? it's a little bit of a complicated story but we knew that boris johnson had gone on holiday to the caribbean island over the new year period. what emerged overnight was that in the mp's declaration of financial interest, david ross, a story —— a long—standing story, was listing the man who had funded this. the value of the property at £15,000 for the stay but mr ross told the daily mail that he had paid out no money. boris
johnson had not stayed at mr ross's villa on the island so it caused a little bit of confusion. downing street continue to insist the declaration was correct. the rules have been followed. in a further statement, he said he had facilitated the arrangement through a benefit and that the original discoloration was in fact, correct. —— original declaration. westminster sources suggested that perhaps what happened here is that mr ross arranged a property swap, so he said that he would give up his own property on the island at a later date in order to find some accommodation for boris johnson. date in order to find some accommodation for borisjohnson. the same sources tell me that no deal has been made but labour say lots of questions still need to be answered
here and i suppose one question is who's village of the prime minister actually stay in. many thanks indeed. time for a look at the weather. here's stav. it's gotta be stormy or over the weekend. much like storm hero but not as powerful but there will still be some rain around us will call some flooding. pushing off into the near confident, high pressure building in before this next weather system moves and as we had through friday. this high pressure is going to settle things down. there's quite a cold night to come. snow across scotla nd cold night to come. snow across scotland and the risk of ice with showers. also some missed involved. a chilly start, wet and windy weather. it turns very windy with
gales in the northwest, blustery heavy showers here. temperatures begin to rise across southern areas. there is a member of warnings for storm dennis. with the risk of flooding so some impacts from storm dennis with rain there this weekend, head online to see the latest weather warning. see you later. this is bbc news.
the headlines... the chancellor sajid javid has resigned, in a shock move during the prime minister's government reshuffle. the former chancellor has said he was left "with no other option than to resign" after he was required to replace all of his political advisers. these are people who have worked incredibly hard on behalf of not just the covenant that the whole country, did a fantasticjob. i was unable to accept those conditions. i did not believe any self—respecting minister would accept this condition said therefore i thought the best thing to do was to go. out too are theresa villiers, andrea leadsom, esther mcvey, and the northern ireland secretary julian smith, who oversaw the restoration of devolved government at stormont. world health leaders say there's no new cause for alarm, despite a steep rise in the number of deaths from coronavirus in china — yesterday was the deadliest day of the outbreak so far. more than 80 people quarantined on the wirral are allowed to leave — following 1a days in isolation
after flying back from wuhan in china, the centre of the coronavirus outbreak. ministers announce an independent inquiry into maternity services at an nhs trust in east kent after the deaths of a number of babies there. also coming up — commemorations to mark 75 years since the destruction of dresden in world war ii — one of the most controversial bombing campaigns in military history. the tsar headlines, for all the latest sport let's go to sportscenter. australian rugby player israel folau will make his superleague debut this weekend after being named in the catala ns dragons squad to face castleford. folau's move last month came with much controversy after he was sacked by rugby australia last yearfor homophobic remarks on social media. other clubs have threatened legal action if they suffer financially
as a result of his signing but his coach in perpignan believes he deserves a fresh start in rugby league. we researched is he a person com pletely we researched is he a person completely and as a coach it was based on his ability to add positivity to the dressing room. to really increase our opportunities of winning. and it was based around that and being a good person, having spoken to an in—depth for a long period of time on a number of occasions and i thought it was right and he should deserve an opportunity, he should not get a life sentence. so we gave him an opportunity in the south of france. the hong kong and singapore rugby sevens have become the latest events to be postponed as a result of the coronavirus. they're being moved from april to october. world rugby said the health and safety of everyone at their events is always their highest priority. organisers of the toyko olympics in the summer have today insisted they will go ahead as scheduled and that any postponement
was not being considered. manchester united meanwhile should be able to call upon loanee odion ighalo for monday's premier league game against chelsea — even though he's been training on his own since arriving from china. the former watford striker moved on deadline day from chinese side shanhai shenua but missed their winter break to spain forfears he might have trouble getting back into the country. a chelsea player to look out for soon will be moroccan winger hakim ziyech. the club have agreed a deal with ajax believed to be in the region of 33 million pounds. he was a target for frank lampard during the january transfer window but subject to personal terms, should complete the move to stamford bridge in the summer. former premier league referee bobby madley is to return to english football — just under two years after being sacked for a video mocking a disabled person. he'll return to referee in leagues one and two next season. he's also agreed to attend an fa discrimination workshop and thanked those in charge of match officials in england for giving him a second chance. england hookerjamie george says he plans to stay with saracens next season, despite their relegation to the championship. the current premiership and european champions
will play in the second tier next season as punishment for breaching the salary cap. meanwhile, the club's sponsors allianz have confirmed they'll end their association with the club when the season is over. fallon sherrock is just a couple of hours away from making more darts history as she'll become the first female to compete in the premier league. after reaching the third round at the world championship in december, she accepted an inivitation to play as one of nine challengers in this season's competition. she'll face glen durrant in nottingham this evening. it is definitely been different from what i am normally used here. i had a lot of exhibition work and interviews, like their has been very busy. i get recognised on the street a lot more now and i love every minute. the fact that he complained of premier league is awesome because i've been watching on tv the last couple of years and now as a challenger is amazing. i hope i am helping women and sport because
obviously and darts we played the man and all that so i'm quite happy i have broken the barrier and obviously that i hold women and sport in general to prove that we can compete against men. ronnie o'sullivan is through to the fourth round of the welsh open snooker. he beat anthony hamilton 11—2 in cardiff, and will return tonight in the last 16 against soheil vahedi. also through arejudd trump, john higgins and shaun murphy. you're up to date. olly foster will have plenty more in sportsday at 6:30. many thanks indeed. more now on our top story — and it was meant to be a "steady" reshuffle for boris johnson, but that all changed this morning when the chancellor sajid javid resigned. it's believed the chancellor was asked to stay on — on the condition that he fired all of his advisers. his resignation means sajid javid ends his career as chancellor having never delivered a budget. he's been speaking in the past hour.
it has been a huge honour to serve as chancellor of the exchequer and while i was pleased that the payments to reappoint me i was unable to accept the conditions that he had attached. i i thought i was left with no option other to resign. my left with no option other to resign. my successor has my full support and the prime minister continues to enjoy my full support as does the government. you regard yourself as chancellor in name only and is not because of the appearance of dominic... the conditions were attached where that i replace my advisers, people have worked incredibly hard on behalf of not just the government but the country and geta just the government but the country and get a fantasticjob. i was unable to accept as conditions. i do not believe any self—respecting minister would accept such conditions said therefore i thought the best thing to do was to go. with the best thing to do was to go. with the conditions imposed by mr cummings? they were conditions requested by the prime minister
which is his prerogative. as a saint my successor has my full support as does the prime minister and i will continue to support this governing in every way i can from the back benches. thank you very much. the former defence secretary is back in government. let's go to westminster now and speak to steven swinford, deputy political editor at the times. and with his analysis on an unexpectedly dramatic day. went to make of all this, is this pain and they should buy dominic hemmings to get rid of sajid javid do you think? it is no secret that dominic cummings and sajid javid did not get along and they clashed repeatedly but at the end of the day it is the prime minister's the session and he has owned it. if you listen to sajid javid there, his comments that no self—respecting minister could accept this are aimed at boris johnson. that's as borisjohnson's
the session and you have his chancellor directly hitting back at him hours after resigning from government. how dangerous will he be on back benches. one of the questions is will you stick around? some suggestions of friends from sajid javid is he will quit and force a by election and going to something else. he is 50 years old and what will the gain from staying into politics, sniping from back benchesis into politics, sniping from back benches is not his style i am told and he might pursue something else entirely. blessed the idea that number ten wanted to push through basic infrastructure projects and wa nted basic infrastructure projects and wanted to make sure they did not get any kind of obstruction or opposition from number 11? was that pa rt opposition from number 11? was that part of that? a lot of this was about control, about number ten wanting more control over the treasury and wanted to sack sajid javid's advisers and have a joint unit of advisers from number ten and number 11 to deliver on voice
johnson's pledge to level up the country and it could mean huge changes in the conservative's approach to the finances. we could see boris turning on the spending tax. downing street did not say they would balance the books at the end of this parliament which was quite significant which means if they change those rules we could see the government spending my money on things like social care, things, other forms of public spending.“ borisjohnson, other forms of public spending.“ boris johnson, and away, other forms of public spending.“ borisjohnson, and away, going to be his own chancellor? we cannot underestimate him, he is certainly not a puppet and very bright and has come a long way very quickly and he was a junior minister and not so long ago. and now he is the chancellor. one of the most meteoric rise as we have seen in government and he has his own man. i am told that he is as hawkish on the rules as sajid javid was. will he stand up
to dominic cummings or the prime minister? we will see but he is a man and has its own views on how the treasury shall work. but having one single team of advisers across number ten and 11 it is almost like a constitutional shift, isn't it? the weight numbers ten and 11 operate. we have seen battles over the years, tony blair and gordon brown most famously but this could into a? it was described by me as ripping off the band—aid. what they wa nt to ripping off the band—aid. what they want to stop it's a problem before it becomes a problem. they are looking ahead and thinking about five years and they want the treasury and number ten to be absolutely locked and staffed and that meansjoint absolutely locked and staffed and that means joint advisers and absolute synchronicity on everything they do from here on and and and and a lot of infighting we have seen recently between number ten and number11.
recently between number ten and number 11. it recently between number ten and number11. it was recently between number ten and number 11. it was much recently between number ten and number11. it was much more recently between number ten and number 11. it was much more dramatic and explosive as it was billed as being though some predicted bitterness. will borisjohnson be unhappy with how it turned out or it may be as you suggested there, and a long time this is kind of what he wanted? he obviously made a decision he is going to go with it. it is worth noting that boris considered sajid javid to be a friend and his partner was very good friends. is not easy for him and it might not be an easy decision to make that he is owning the decision, this is not just dominic cummings but the prime minister's the session as we were staying at a moment to go. and on the rest of the reshuffle, what would you highlight there? the northern island sector the going is him appearing to be sacked is quite an extraordinary thing and also a male heavy cabinets and not much change there but that is an issue
for the prime minister. he wants to bring forward a generation of female talent that they are not there yet and they cabinet is still there e—mail. and they cabinet is still there e-mail. thank you very much. to look at the latest headlines now on bbc news. the chancellor sajid javid has resigned, in a shock move during the prime minister's government reshuffle. out too are theresa villiers, andrea leadsom, esther mcvey, and the northern ireland secretary julian smith, who oversaw the restoration of devolved government at stormont.
an independent inquiry will be held into maternity services at east kent hospitals trust, amid growing concern and confusion about the number of preventable deaths. the trust's chief executive said there were possibly 15 preventable baby deaths over the course of the last decade. health minister nadine dorris made the announcement in the commons this morning. last night i asked my officials if they could look into sending the independent health service investigation board back and to do a deep dive to look back over historic cases and existing cases at the trust. i want to reiterate that the trust. i want to reiterate that the trust is a safe place for anyone and who is pregnant now or will be giving birth at the trust. we have some of the best people and clinicians working at the trust right now. i would like to say that nhs improvements are commissioned themselves an independent review into east kent maternity services. that was the health minister making an announcement.
earlier we spoke to our social affairs correspondent, michael buchanan. on that independent inquiry it seemed to be announced at the last moment by the health minister in the comments and the exact details are not clear and will become clearer perhaps this afternoon and over the coming days. but it will focus incidents on preventable harm of deaths or injuries in the maternity service over the past number of yea rs service over the past number of years and other problems that we know that has been prevalent and maternity care here. it was announced this morning in an unusual fashion that the trust board or meeting here at the time and for several minutes they had no idea what the health minister it would actually be saying in the house of commons. one thing they did here was the chief executives say they should now believe there had been about 15 preve nta ble now believe there had been about 15 preventable deaths at the trust in recent yea rs, preventable deaths at the trust in recent years, and in contrast to what she told me yesterday when she
said she believe there to be about six or seven and in contrast to what the trust said the day before when they say they accept responsibility for about ten preventable deaths. still many questions over what has been happening in the services here over a number of years. organised crime gangs are being blamed for a big rise in fly—tipping in england. bbc research has found illegal rubbish dumping has more than doubled since 2012. it's thought to have cost councils about 60 million pounds to clear. david gregory—kumar reports. just north of birmingham, an example of large—scale fly—tipping. lorry loads of waste dumped on parkland by a housing estate. disgusted. we have to pay a management fee to live on this estate. and yet they've sent us another bill this morning, but they still haven't even cleared it. so why should we pay money to live here if nobody can look after the estate? experts say that this is the new narcotics
trade for criminals, because the penalties are small, but the profits can quickly run into millions of pounds. but, believe it or not, large—scale fly—tipping like this can also happen pretty much out of sight. a short trip up the m6 — fly—tipping on a scale you've never seen before. wow. that is a lot of rubbish. each black bale weighs about a ton and there are thousands of tonnes of rubbish here that's been illegally dumped by a criminal gang that the owners thought was a legitimate business. the landowners obviously rented this warehouse out to the people that dumped this waste here under false pretences, so the people that came in, told the landowners they would be doing something completely different, and what has ended up here is an operation where they have dumped 5,500 tonnes of waste. the bbc has looked at large—scale fly—tipping since 2012, and it's more than doubled in england. and while it accounts forjust over
3% of the number of incidents, it makes up more than 20% of clean—up costs, with councils spending almost £60 million. but our analysis also showed large—scale fly—tipping decreasing in wales. data for scotland and northern ireland are not held publicly. our research shows this is a growing problem — a problem that can blight the lives of communities and cost landowners hundreds of thousands of pounds. david gregory—kumar, bbc news, birmingham. just an update on the resignation of sajid javid, he hasjust on twitter, you can sajid javid, he hasjust on twitter, you can see sajid javid, he hasjust on twitter, you can see it printed, his resignation letter to the prime minister, saying that it has been a privilege to serve as chancellor of the exchequer since being elected and he has had a huge honour holding several ministerial roles. grateful for your continued trust and to continue into —— offered to continue into this role. i regret this is not
possible but he urge the prime minister for the treasury to remain as much credibility as possible. earlier on in an interview he said he was left with no option other than to resign and he said i do not believe any self respecting minister would accept such conditions, the conditions being that basically the entirety of his advisers were replaced and sajid javid was not prepared to go along with that so he resigned. so as we were saying a pretty dramatic day and downing street. 75 years ago today, british aircraft launched an attack on the east german city of dresden — beginning one of the most controversial allied assaults of world war ii. over the following days, they and their us allies would drop nearly 4,000 tons of bombs — killing 25 thousand people, and ravaging the city centre. today germany is marking the event with ceremonies to remember the victims. our correspondent
jenny hill has more. it was in the world for words of one survivor like being in hell. british and american bombers targeted dresden a series of raids. on the ground 25,000 people died in the firestorm that followed. she was 1a and told us the fire was so intense that she and her family had to clean toa lamp that she and her family had to clean to a lamp post to avoid being sucked into the flames. translation: we stood clinging to a lamp post and saw our house collapse. frisky facade crashed down and then the bricks rolled up to feet. —— first the facade crashed down. then my mother said now we have lost everything, now we are homeless. as well as many others, dresden, a city
once famed for its beauty and architecture was destroyed and 75 yea rs architecture was destroyed and 75 years leaders, it remains a powerful symbol of the horror and destruction of war. —— 75 years later. volunteers started campaigns to rebuild the city in 1993, after the fall of the berlin wall — and much work has been done to restore dresden since then. let's talk now to monica petzal, she's the vice—chair of the dresden trust and her mother came from the city. thank you so much for being with us monica. i think some of your artwork of dresden is behind you. tell us what was dresden like before it was bombed. a stunningly beautiful city, florence of the north. absolutely. it was a beautiful, it was a highly cultured city and it was lively and a centre of arts and music and everything that people could delight in. and my mother remembered it as a
joyous place to spend her childhood. then the bombing which was controversial and near the end of the war, churchill had some doubts after the bombing, but it killed as i was saying in the introduction around 25,000 people. these huge firestorms just sucking the oxygen out of the air. it was indeed a controversial bombing but i think at this point now it is time not to think any longer about that but to think any longer about that but to think about reconciliation and how we as europeans can all feel strongly about it. dresden has been rebuilt thanks to dresden trust which i am the chair. tell us how it has been rebuilt? the reunification of germany only took place 30 years ago and under the soviet regime, a lot of dresden was left untouched as
a symbol of the horrible destruction of the war, in particular at the beautiful church which now stands in the centre of dresden. the dressing trust which was founded by doctor alan russell who is sally no longer with us, was a response to the call from dresden to help rebuild this beautiful city. and what alan russell suggested which is a real stroke of genius was that britain would contribute the golden cross which sets atop it and he raced over one and a half million pounds and there was money contributed by the royal family there was money contributed by the royalfamily including there was money contributed by the royal family including his there was money contributed by the royalfamily including his royal highness the duke of candy who is an dresden today as a royal patron of the dresden trust. you are in our test and tell me how you incorporate dresden into some of your work?|j dresden into some of your work?” have an exhibition at the moment
called dissent and displacement which deals with some of these things. but for the 70th anniversary of the bombing of dresden and another city which is the twin. i made an exhibition called the dressing project which looked at it and depth. you were talking about reconciliation and what are your thoughts on this 75th anniversary of this appalling amount of death that we saw there. what goes through your mind, 75 years on? i think it is very important for the people of dresden because we must not forget that dresden as a political city todayis that dresden as a political city today is also plagued by the far right, by the afd and it is important for the citizens of dresden at this moment will be doing what is a human chain where they
join hands around the city to symbolise their wish for peace. very good to talk to you. thank you so much, the vice chair of dresden trust. thank you so much. 6pm news is coming up for you very shortly but first let's take a look at the weather, not looking too good for the weekend. unfortunately no, another storm on its way, a week after the storm another powerful debt will stand up another deep area of low pressure, which has already been named already asked storm dennis. for a saturday, been named already asked storm dennis. fora saturday, sunday been named already asked storm dennis. for a saturday, sunday and into next week as well. this area of low pressure which brought wendy and allowing the reach of high pressure to build as the weather arrives on friday just before to build as the weather arrives on fridayjust before storm dennis. under those clear skies overnight
with light winds, it will be quite cold and fat particularly where we have lying snow and sharp frost. further south and east you see as he stretches there and showers through the day with mist and fog. when speaking to pick up here and it will bring wet and windy weather across western areas through the morning and slowly pushing its way eastwards with a bit of snow, transient snow on the higher ground of scotland as temperatures rise and you will reach centre areas through the afternoon and those temperatures will be on the rise. widespread gals across the northwest with lester he showers and the winds continued to pick up across the northwest through the night. heavy showers here and maybe some hail, and the dryer slot in between that and it really goes downhill as we head into saturday here. storm dennis is being whipped up here. storm dennis is being whipped up by here. storm dennis is being whipped up by the jet stream and how many isobars on the chart, and it will stick to the northwest of the cave
that impacts will be felt across the country and especially across the north and west. gale force winds picking up to the day and heavy and persistent rain. winds are gusting to 50-60 persistent rain. winds are gusting to 50—60 mph and him and quite widely up to 70 mph across exposed areas. temperatures lies, low teens at the 19 celsius which is mild time of year but it will not feel like that because of the strength of the winds. several warnings are out over the weekend, a couple of embers and forests a nd the weekend, a couple of embers and forests and we really could see some problems with lighting so the combination of heavy rain and flooding and strong winds through the weekend from storm dennis is likely to have some impact said to an end to the weather forecast and had online to see the latest weather warnings there and all the details. look out for those amber warnings. that is all for now.
shockwaves at westminster as sajid javid resigns as chancellor — after refusing an order by the prime minister to sack his team of advisers. mrjavid said his team had worked incredibly hard — and firing them was not an option. i don't believe any self—respecting minister would accept such conditions and so therefore i thought the best thing to do was to go. delighted to be appointed. he's been replaced by 39—year—old rishi sunak — until recently a relative unknown. a huge day and still the early days of boris johnson's government a huge day and still the early days of borisjohnson's government after the former chancellor decides to lose hisjob the former chancellor decides to lose his job rather than the former chancellor decides to lose hisjob rather than as his team. we'll bring you all the details from a tumultuous